San Francisco,CA ToP 5 Places to visiT For business travellers

Welcome to our Top 5 Places to Visit in San Francisco,CA.

In this guide we're going to present the top 5 places to visit when in San Francisco on a business trip. We all know that when traveling on business there just isn't that much time (if any) to see the places we go to for work. We've been around the world without having really seen it. Whether your visit is for sales meetings or conferences, this guide is intended to give you a quick head's up on what you can do in the little down time you do have between work.

Be sure to check out some hotspots and the tour maps at the end of each section to find the local favorites like restaurants and theatres and their specific places. Also, save when visiting various attractions and on transport by getting a CityPASS. So without further ado, let's get started!

Union Square

Centrally located within downtown San Francisco, you can probably do the most in your short time away from home in Union Square. Surrounded by upscale hotels, Union Square is one of the largest shopping areas in the U.S. and is home to some of the nation's finest department stores, malls and specialty stores. As if that wasn't enough, it also boasts many fine art galleries, some of the best restaurants in the city, and it also serves as San Francisco's main theater district, featuring many Broadway and off-Broadway shows.

Aude • CC BY-SA 2.5

At the heart of it is the square itself, a public plaza built in 1903 (but originally dedicated for a public park in 1850) and refurbished in 2002 when most of its grass was paved over with granite stone and the space redecorated. The monument dominating the scene is dedicated to the Goddess Victory in a classical nod to the Union winning the Civil War.


Union Square, San Francisco Title Photo Credit: Peter Kaminski, CC by 2.0

Chinatown & North Beach

Chinatown-North Beach in San Francisco combines two adjoining districts, both of which are among the city's most popular immigrant neighborhoods. Culturally and aesthetically, they could not be more different yet their streets mesh seamlessly together. Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest and largest Chinese community outside of Asia. More than just a tourist destination, it is a functioning, living, and breathing Chinese community that can offer intriguing cultural experiences even to the most jaded old China hand. Its tiny and crowded streets bustle with activity and energy.

View down Filbert Street with Sts. Peter & Paul; Daniel Schwen, CC by 2.5

North Beach, on the other hand, is much more laid back. This "Little Italy," with its cafes and alfresco dining, has a real European charm and flavor reminiscent of the romance of Europe and Italy. The area runs from roughly Bay Street to the north, Powell Street south of Filbert Street and Columbus Avenue north of Filbert on the west, San Francisco Bay on the east, and Washington Street on the south with an extension to Bush Street between Kearny and Powell Streets to encompass the rest of Chinatown.

The Gateway Arch (Dragon Gate) on Grant Avenue at Bush Street in Chinatown Title Photo Credit: chensiyuan • GFDL


Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's most popular destination among travelers, with around 12 million visitors flocking here each year. For over a century its historic waterfront was the hub of the city's fishing fleet and is still famous for the depth and variety of its harvest, as well as for having some of the best seafood restaurants in the city. Today, it's also renowned for its numerous tourist attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. It is located at the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, along the San Francisco Bay. It runs all the way from Pier 39 through to Municipal Pier at the end of Aquatic Park. It is bordered by Van Ness Ave to the east and Bay St to the south.

Scenes of Fisherman's Wharf


Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Nob Hill-Russian Hill is an area in the northeastern part of San Francisco, made up of the two adjoining neighborhoods. Nob Hill is an affluent neighborhood dating back to the gold rush, today renowned for its lavish hotels, charming shops and restaurants, views of the city, andm the cable car lines which pass through the neighborhood. Just to the north is Russian Hill, a quieter residential area most well known for its pleasant walks and the crooked section of Lombard Street. The district is bounded roughly by Van Ness Avenue to the west, Bay Street to the north, Sutter Street to the south, and Powell Street and Columbus Avenue to the east. This district is small enough for walking, but being very hilly, it can be somewhat strenuous.

Lombard Street, a.k.a. Crooked Street



SoMa, short for South of Market, is an area of downtown San Francisco south of Market Street and northeast of the Mission District. It is San Francisco's urban renewal district, bordered roughly by Market Street on the northwest, the 101 Freeway (from Market Street to I-80) and 16th Street (from 101 to the San Francisco Bay) on the south, and the San Francisco Bay on the east.

SoMa is home to the Moscone Convention Center, a major convention center and entertainment complex with a variety of attractions. As a convention center, the Moscone Center houses major exhibits and conventions, including a number of major (especially IDG) expos that occur each year, including Apple Computer-related expos such as Macworld and Apple's WWDC, and LinuxWorld. The area is readily accessible to public transportation and within a short distance to our other features places in San Francisco.

Moscone Convention Center


End Notes

And that completes our top 5 places to visit in San Francisco as a business traveller. We hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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